Nintendo buys Luigi’s Mansion 3 maker Next Level Games

Nintendo has acquired Next Level Games, the makers of Luigi’s Mansion 3 on Nintendo Switch, the company announced on Tuesday. Vancouver-based Next Level has delivered seven titles published by Nintendo, going back to Super Mario Strikers for the GameCube in 2005.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. A statement from Nintendo said that “a number of owner-directors [of Next Level] recently determined that the time is right for them to sell their shares.” The company expects that a closer relationship with the studio will deliver “an anticipated improvement in development speed and quality.” Nintendo says the deal will close by March 1.

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Next Level’s Luigi’s Mansion 3, which launched Oct. 31, 2019, was a critical and commercial success, selling 7.83 million copies worldwide as of November. Next Level also won awards for Luigi’s Mansion 3 at The Game Awards 2019, the DICE Awards and BAFTA’s Games Awards in 2020.

Founded in 2002, the studio also developed 2009’s Punch-Out!! reboot for the Wii, and 2013’s Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for the 3DS.

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